I can't remember the name of this fabric, but I believe I got it from Fabric.com. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of big florals, but there was something about this one that I really liked. Plus I found the perfect matching fabric in my stash to use for the middle panel piece and my daughter claimed she found the perfect matching accessory for the photo shoot.
And as you can probably guess by now, I am a sucker for flutter sleeves, so I think three of my tester versions were made with this flutter sleeve. The other sleeves are really lovely as well, but...you know. I do have my long-sleeve version at the bottom of this post, though.
I considered putting a ribbon on this one, because if there's one thing I love as much as flutter sleeves, it's a cute little ribbon. But my husband convinced me that it would be overkill, and I kind of agree.
I believe I made the size 4 with size 5 for length, and managed to sew the invisible zipper despite my fear of working with zippers. I probably say that every time, right? Ha ha. But now that I have made quite a few dresses with zippers, I don't approach the task with as much trepidation as I did in the past. (I save that particular phobia for making buttonholes, haha!)
I paired the dress with the Aster Cardigan, one of my favorite cardis to date. I could make so many excuses about why the sewing isn't perfect, but you know what? I love it despite its imperfections, so I'm not going to dwell on them.
Isn't it a pretty fabric? I think I might have gotten it from Miss Matatabi, my go-to fabric online shopping site. I have found it a bit tricky to find knits that I like over here, but she has a very good selection in her shop.
And finally, I leave you with my long-sleeved Art Gallery fabric test version. It seems a bit dressy for a doctor's office visit, but that's how we roll around here. Well, when Mommy wants to get a few fit photos, that is, ha!
If you want to get your Eleena Dress, you can find it here. And come join the Facebook group! There are lots of friendly sew-ers and it's a great place to get inspiration and sneak peeks of upcoming patterns!
Happy sewing :)